For a dentist to insert a dental implant into your jawbone, they'll need to go through your gums. Dental implants are small titanium screws that function just like a tooth's natural root. The bone literally heals around the implant, which gives it the stability it needs. Once this healing process has happened, your dentist can finish the procedure by adding a permanent prosthetic tooth, which is made of porcelain. But what sort of impact will this have on your gums?